About Linda...

Linda Lanza practices and teaches expressive writing arts as a way for hearts to communicate, to find meaning through imagination, and to preserve memories and milestones.

Linda holds a degree in English Literature/Creative Poetry with highest honors from Rutgers University. Post graduate work includes the completion of 440 hours of training in poetry therapy under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Reiter, RPT. Linda
is author of three books of poetry and recipient of the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s Distinguished Service Award. She classically trained in calligraphy and painting with Mary Lou Cook, Dick Beasley, Jenny Hunter Groat, Thomas Ingmire, Karlgeorg Hoefer, Jacqueline Svaren, David Mekelburg and others.

For over 30years Linda’s award-winning work has been published and exhibited including Off the Cuffs, Mosaic, Pudding 34, The Artful Letter calendars published by Universe Press, Letter Arts Review, the Richard Beasley National Invitational Exhibition, and Caligraphia USA/USSR, an international exhibition of calligraphy and concrete poetry co-sponsored by UNESCO at the United Nations.

Projects and program opportunities are invited.

E-mail: linda@inkwings.com

Vita...

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature/Poetry, with highest honors, Rutgers University

Postgraduate studies in psychology and personality theory, Middlesex County College

Reiki Usui System of Natural Healing - first degree certification



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FACILITATION/PRESENTATIONS

"Poetic Medicine: Writing Away the Demons" - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ - Creative Arts Healthcare Grand Rounds - presenter - April, 2011

"Writing Away the Demons" - National Association for Drama Therapy - 30th International Conference - White Plains, NY - poetry reading and workshop presentation - November, 2009

"Breaking Down The Walls: Reaching Youth, Families and Communities Through The Arts" - Arts-in-Prevention Conference - Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ - poetry reading - October, 2009

Cornelia's Cafe - Greenwich Village, New York City - poetry reading - July 1, 2009

"Calligraphy Art Camp" - Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ - Week-long art camp for children ages 11-14 - artist facilitator - July, 2009

"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ - 6-week workshop series for HIV-positive women- facilitator - May-June, 2009

"Lifestories: Memoir Writing and Journaling" - Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ - workshop facilitator - February, 2009

"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - New Jersey Women and Aids Network, East Orange, NJ - 6-week workshop series for HIV positive women - facilitator - August-October, 2008

"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - New Jersey Women and AIDS Network Wellness Conference, Newark, NJ - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ - workshop facilitator - March, 2008

"Lifelines: Memoir Writing and Journaling" - South Brunswick Senior Center, South Brunswick, NJ - workshop facilitator - August - November, 2007

"Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand" - Hunterdon County Recreation - workshop facilitator - October 2007"Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress" - Montclair State University - workshop facilitator - January, 2006

"Soul Tracks: Reflective Writing to Reduce Stress" - Breast Cancer Resource Center, Princeton, NJ - workshop facilitator - December, 2006

* The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Costa Mesa, CA, May 2004; workshop facilitator

* New Brunswick Senior Resource Center - New Brunswick, NJ. October 2001-May 2002 - Soul Tracks - Two year-long series funded by a grant from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, creator/facilitator. Life Stories used word games, poetry, photopoetics, music and other creative activities to help seniors aged 65 to 94 honor their unique life experiences, cope with strong emotions, bear witness to their identities, and preserve memories. Calligraphy Workshop explored the stress-reducing and expressive possibilities of artful handwriting through fun and creative activities

* New Brunswick Senior Resource Center - New Brunswick, NJ. July-August 2000 -SOUL TRACKS workshop series, 6-week pilot program, creator/facilitator

* Family Services Bureau - Newark, NJ. June 2000 - SOUL TRACKS: Writing Without Armor - evening workshop facilitator for court-ordered rehabilitation writing therapy program

* National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference - Albuquerque, NM. May 2000 - poetry reading

* 2nd Annual New Brunswick Arts Festival - Spoken word/performance/visual poetry collaboration with Urban Renaissance hand drummers, High Hat Gallery, Monument Park Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ - April, 2000, poetry reading/performance to open the festival

* Chapter One Cafe - Highland Park, NJ. November, 1999 - The Peach Fishery Poetry Reading Series, featured poet

* National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference - Charleston, SC. May 1999 - poetry reading

* BREATHING THE LINE: Writing Your Way Through Personal Change - East Brunswick Professional Park, East Brunswick, NJ. March, 1999 - writing workshop facilitator

* Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - Nick Carbo’s Advanced Poetry class, March, 1999 - guest lecturer

* Chapter One Cafe - Highland Park, NJ. March, 1999 - poetry reading

* Salute to the Visionaries - Prevent Blindness of New Jersey awards banquet, Princeton, NJ. January, 1999 - guest artist, concrete poetry exhibition, calligraphy demonstration

* Cafe 52 - New Brunswick, NJ. October, 1998 - poetry reading

* Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival - Stanhope, NJ. September, 1998 - kinetic poetry performance

* Espresso Roma Coffeehouse - Las Vegas, NV. June, 1998 - poetry reading/performance

* Jersey Shore Calligraphers Guild - Fair Haven, NJ. May, 1998 - LETTERA ANTICA: The Roots and Wings of Carolingian - calligraphy workshop guest instructor

* Chapter One Cafe - Highland Park, NJ. February, 1998 - poetry reading

* Artake Salon - Red Bank, NJ. February, 1996 - kinetic poetry performance

* 123 Coffee House - Matawan, NJ. February, 1996 - kinetic poetry performance

* FACE - Artists’ Co-Operative, Ocala, FL. January, 1996 - kinetic and concrete poetry performance

* WIN - Writers’ Group, Ocala, FL. September, 1995 - poetry reading

* Mindscape - Writers’ Group, Ocala, FL. September, 1995-February, 1996 - founder/facilitator

* The Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL. Poetry Ocala , October, 1995 - poetry reading, kinetic poetry performance

* Suffolk Scribes Calligraphic Retreat - Muttontown, Long Island, NY. November, 1993 -Calligraphy for Insight, Healing & Self-Expression - weekend calligraphy retreat - resident artist/facilitator

* Monmouth Cablevision TV-34 - Belmar, NJ. July, 1991. Paperfolding Plus half-hour syndicated program, featured artist.

* Mercer County Teen Arts Festival - Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ. April, 1991, 1992. Calligraphy for Communication and Self-Expression, visiting artist.

* New Dorp High School - Staten Island, NY. May, 1991 - Calligraphy for Communication and Self-Expression, art department career series, visiting artist

* Kiwanis Club - East Brunswick NJ, 1989 - guest speaker, The Artful Letter slide lecture

* Jersey Shore Calligraphers Guild - Edison, NJ. 1988 - Calendar Design: Space and Time Beyond the Grid, - calligraphy workshop guest instructor

* Rotary Club - Stowe, VT, 1987 - The Artful Letter slide lecture

* Community College of Southern Nevada (formerly Clark County Community College) - Las Vegas, NV. Fall, 1983 - instructor, 8-week calligraphy course

* Charleston Heights Community School - Las Vegas, NV. 1981-1984 - instructor, 8-week calligraphy course, 2 semesters a year

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


* NOTES FROM NEW YORK: The Newsletter of the Society of Scribes, Ltd., Fall 2013- Bogle cork graphite drawing, contributing artist.

*"The Woman Who Plowed Verses" - Chapter 1 author, WRITING AWAY THE DEMONS: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing anthology - North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., St. Cloud, MN - published May, 2009

* OFF THE CUFFS: An Anthology of Poetry Written By and About the Police, Soft Skull Press, January 2003 - Mining for Eureka, original poem, author.

* THE MUSELETTER, The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Washington, D.C. - 24-page newsletter for creative arts therapy professional organization, 13 issues beginning November 1997, managing editor, art director.

RHYME & RITUAL: Reflections on Self, Family and Community, Poetry anthology sponsored by NCC/Family Services Bureau, Newark, NJ, July 2000 - In Praise of Silence, I Saw a Sofa Walking, Mining for Eureka, original poems, author.

* POET’S PROCESS: Favorite Original Poems of NAPT Members, Poetry anthology sponsored by the National Association for Poetry Therapy, April 2000 - Queen of the Funny Bone Follies, original poem, author.

* TASTE THIS: Guilty Food Pleasures of the Poets, Pudding House Press, November 1999 - Instant Mashed Potatoes, original poem, author.

* Particles of Exchange - limited edition artist book of original poetry, 28 pages, 1999; Fox River Confetti covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread.

* The Underside of Leaves - open edition artist book of original poetry, 72 pages, May 1998; Canson MiTientes covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread and beadwork.

* Dry Red - limited edition artist book of original poetry, 80 pages, December 1996; Fabriano Roma covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread.

* The Anthologist, Spring 1998 - Gathering Medicine, original poem, author.

* Aha! Quarterly, Spring 1998 - A Book of Days, original poem, author.

* PUDDING 34, The International Journal of Applied Poetry, Autumn 1997 - From a Pay Phone Somewhere in L.A. 1991, Three Out of Four; original poems with accompanying narratives for poetry therapy issue, author.

* Mosaic, Volume xii - While Dusting, In Yellow, Inertia, Tool; original poems, author.

* Aha! Quarterly, Spring, 1997 - Inertia, original poems, author.

* Aha! Quarterly, Autumn, 1996 - Footnote, original poems, author.

* Letter Arts Review, Spring, 1996 - Letter Jesters, book review, author.

* Glen Epstein’s 1995 Calendar of Country Knowledge & Extraordinary Americana - Iowa City, IA, contributing artist.

* The Colorized Atkinson Plates, 1995, ST Publications, softcover book, contributing artist.

* CNN Cable Television News, Diplomatic License, January 1994 - guest artist interviewed for Calligraphia opening, United Nations lobby, New York City

* ARTimes, June 1991 - A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures, subject of artist profile by Marion Burdick.

* Time Off, Princeton Packet cover feature, January 1991 - Letter Perfect, subject of artist profile by Richard Shea.

* The Artful Letter - 1989, 1991, 1992 Engagement Calendars, Universe Books, New York City, contributing artist.

* Calligraphy Review, Winter, 1989 - The Housekeeping Story, article author.

* Calligraphy Review, Fall, 1987 - Hands Across the Millennia, article author.

* Metropolis, September 1989 - The Write Stuff, subject of artist profile by Gini Sikes.

* ALPHABET, Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy, August 1989 - Japonisme, article author.

* SOS, Newsletter of the Society of Scribes, Spring 1989 - Painting With Words, article author.

* Signs of the Times, October 1988 - Letterforum, article author.

* Signs of the Times, March 1988 - Colorize Atkinson, article contributing artist.

* Signs of the Times, January 1988 - cover design collaboration with Al Zanetti.

* KNPR, Nevada Public Radio - Henderson, NV. March, 1984 and April, 1985 - Women in Art - subject of artist profile by Theresa Rogers.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AWARDS

*Out of the Silence : A Calligraphic Exhibit Celebrating Diversity, Love and Understanding, Urban Onion in the Hotel Olympian, Olympia, Washington; Department of Transportation Capital Campus, Olympia, Washington - contributing artist - February-June, 2013.

* The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Costa Mesa, CA, May 2004

* National Association for Poetry Therapy, elected board member 1999-2002

* National Association for Poetry Therapy - managing editor/art director, The Museletter, a 24-page, tri-annual newsletter, November 1997-March 2002

* Distinguished Service Award - National Association for Poetry Therapy - May 2000

* Healing Words/Sacred Spaces: Poetry Therapy for Many Voices - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Albuquerque, NM, May 2000; board member

* At The Crossroads of Humanities and Healing: How Written, Spoken, and Performed Words Enrich the Human Story and Spirit - National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Charleston, SC, May 1999; board member

* Character & Context in Chinese Calligraphy - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. One-day international symposium tracing calligraphy’s evolution and highlighting how calligraphy, as physical embodiment, is an external manifestation of powerful inner states, March 1999.

* Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival - Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ. 4-day festival of poetry readings, lectures, workshops, panels, and evening poetry performances, September 1998

* Poetry in the Public Sphere - A Conference on Contemporary Poetry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 4-day conference of lectures, plenary sessions, poetry readings, panel discussions, and evening poetry performances, April 1997.

* Trenton State College Writers Conference - one-day conference of workshops, panel discussions, and readings, April 1996; faculty

* Trenton State College Writers Conference - one-day conference of workshops, panel discussions, and readings, April 1994

* Calleidoscope : The Thirteenth International Gathering of Lettering Artists - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ, July 1993, faculty

* Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - private calligraphy tutor to Visiting Fellow from Devon, England, Summer, 1992,

* The Alphabet as a Technology in the West - two-day symposium presented by international members of The Institute of Semitic Studies; a series of historic, linguistic, semiotic, anthropologic, sociologic, classic, and archaeologic lectures on writing systems and the roots of Western civilization, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 1989

* Letterforum: The Eighth International Calligraphy Conference - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Marymount University, Arlington, VA. August 1988

* Innovations: The Sixth International Assembly of Lettering Artists - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ, July 1986

* Calligraphy Experience: The Fifth International Calligraphy Conference - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, June 1985

* Calligraphy Connection: The First International Assembly of Lettering Artists - one-week residential lettering arts conference including daily technical workshops and evening slide lectures, St. John’s University, St. Cloud, MN, June 1981

E-mail: linda@inkwings.com



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